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Industrial Development, Royston

Volume 720: debated on Thursday 18 November 1965

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will now accept proposals for industrial development in Royston, in view of the proposed expansion of the town.

I think that we should wait until decisions are taken about expansion in Royston before considering how much industrial development may be needed.

Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that a decision in principle has been made in favour of expansion between the county council and the local council, and unless there is industrial development fairly shortly Royston could develop into a commuter town, which would be very undesirable?

Yes, but, as I think my hon. Friend knows, my right hon. Friend the Minister of Housing and Local Government is considering this proposal in the review of the South-East Study. The industrial developments, if any are required, will come along after that study is finished.